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Stone Sculpture of the Head of a Jaguar - PF.4366
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high x 5.75" (14.6cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone

Location: UAE
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Large, sharp teeth are the most obvious and impressive feature of this head. To emphasize the animal's ferocity the cheeks are pulled back quite far forming an attractive curved shape, which balances geometrically with the large eyes. Thick ridges on the sides of the nose dramatically reveal the folds of skin created when a jaguar snarls in self-defense. A somewhat abstract quality is seen in the elongated nose and short, stubby ears. The sculptor has managed to convey not only the power of an animal highly revered in Costa Rica, but also its beauty. L. 35cm(15 1/2IN) - (PF.4366)


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